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The pretty coastal town of Dornoch is a haven for those that love peace, quiet and lazy days on the beach. Dornoch is home to one of the world’s best golf courses and to an award-winning Blue Flag beach. Life in Dornoch is slow and peaceful, making it the perfect base for relaxing holidays and short breaks in Scotland.

  • Dornoch Beach
  • Dornoch Golf Course
  • Dornoch Pier
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  • Dornoch is great for Walking Walking
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Your guide to Dornoch

Dornoch at a glance:
  • A peaceful Scottish coastal town where life goes at a slow pace.
  • Home to one of the world’s best golf courses.
  • Relax on an award-winning Blue Flag beach.
  • An authentic destination for a true taste of Scotland.
  • Surrounded by beautiful forests, perfect for walks.

The nature of Dornoch means that it won’t appeal to everyone, but if you’re the kind of person who enjoys historic and charming seaside towns with a quiet atmosphere, or if you’re a golf fan, then you’ll definitely enjoy a trip to this Highland destination. Whether you’re visiting for a couple of weeks or for just a few days, a holiday in Dornoch seems to melt away the stresses of modern life, with a serene and slow pace that encourages relaxation.

The town has its own Blue Flag beach, and there are plenty of other beaches throughout the surrounding area for those that want to experience some variety. Dornoch is the perfect place for a stroll, particularly as the sun rises in the early morning, illuminating the waters and breathing life and colour into the picturesque coastline.

This allure and scenery only adds to the attraction of Royal Dornoch Golf Club, home to two courses with the Championship course ranked as one of the best in the world. It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and most challenging links courses in the UK, and it is only Dornoch’s secluded location that has stopped the course from playing host to major modern tournaments such as the UK Open or the Ryder Cup. It is a popular club, but by planning well in advance you may be able to play a round and to experience the joys of the two courses for yourself, along with the exceptional clubhouse facilities.

There are few other attractions in Dornoch itself, but the Dornoch Cathedral is certainly worthy of a visit. This ornate church welcomes visitors during the summer months with volunteers on hand to reveal some of the building’s intriguing history. Some of the original features were remodelled or destroyed over the years, but much effort has gone into restoring the interior and anyone with an interest in historic buildings or church decoration will find that the Dornoch Cathedral is a wonderful place in which to while away an hour.

Beyond Dornoch you’ll find Loch Fleet, with its combination of woodland, sand dunes and a bay along with a diverse array of plant and animal species, from seals and otters to a whole spectrum of birds. The hills in the area are gentle, so inexperienced walkers will be able to explore in comfort and get the most out of the loch’s natural surroundings.

Book a short break or a longer stay in a Dornoch hotel and you can unwind amongst a setting of complete tranquillity. The surrounding beauty of the town means that you’ll never tire of the view from your bedroom window.

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  • John 'O Groats
    John 'O Groats
  • Caithness Flows
    Caithness Flows
  • Historylinks Museum
    Historylinks Museum
  • Dornoch Cathedral
    Dornoch Cathedral

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